Category: Mobility

The homeless magnet: Part 5, Typically in isolated areas

18 January, 2017 (08:44) | Apartments, de Blasio, Development, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Incentives, Mobility, New York City, NIMBY, Politics, Poverty, Rental, Vouchers | No comments

[Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   By: David A. Smith   In yesterday’s Part 4, I detoured into the demise of a Bloomberg Administration program called Advantage that moved people out of homeless shelters into normal market apartments with a two-year subsidy analogous to Housing Choice Vouchers, […]

The homeless magnet: Part 4, Provided they work or take job training

17 January, 2017 (09:00) | Apartments, de Blasio, Development, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Incentives, Mobility, New York City, NIMBY, Politics, Poverty, Rental, Vouchers | No comments

 [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By: David A. Smith   As we’ve seen earlier in this multi-part post, New York City finds itself in a pit of its own digging, where New York today has 20% more than it has a few years ago despite a 60% increase […]

The homeless magnet: Part 3, 40 new families arrive every week

11 January, 2017 (08:47) | Apartments, de Blasio, Development, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Incentives, Mobility, New York City, NIMBY, Politics, Poverty, Rental, Vouchers | No comments

  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   Back in 1979, New York City lost a landmark case, Callahan v. Cuomo, that established as a matter of New York law a state constitutional right to shelter for anyone who ‘meets the financial-need standard for public assistance’ […]

The homeless magnet: Part 2, 6,100 sleeping in hotels

10 January, 2017 (08:44) | Apartments, de Blasio, Development, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Incentives, Mobility, New York City, NIMBY, Politics, Poverty, Rental, Vouchers | No comments

  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   In returning after 3¼ years to New York City’s continuing, well-intentioned, and consistently failing efforts to reduce homelessness in the Big Apple, I am not doing so to poke fun at politicians who are sure they know how to fix things until they […]

The homeless magnet: Part 1, 60% more money, 20% worse

9 January, 2017 (09:00) | Apartments, de Blasio, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Incentives, Mobility, New York City, NIMBY, Politics, Poverty, Rental, Vouchers | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   Some stories either have no ending or are a recursive maze where the exit is repeatedly missed, like Memento:   Back and back and back   Or Inception:   Reality?  Or illusion?   Or New York City’s infinite-loop of utter failure to stem homelessness in Gotham:   Waiting for […]